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Facilitating the Mission is a podcast discussing our missionary God's call to use people to call all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues to be His own special people. Get equipped, encouraged and empowered as you tune in.

Shepherd's Staff's passion is to facilitate churches to send their own missionaries well.

We serve churches through two processes: facilitative coaching for local churches and their missionaries in their Great Commission endeavors, and providing financial administrative services for local churches to send missionaries with excellence. www.ssmfi.org

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Facilitating the Mission is a podcast discussing our missionary God's call to use people to call all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues to be His own special people. Get equipped, encouraged and empowered as you tune in.

Shepherd's Staff's passion is to facilitate churches to send their own missionaries well.

We serve churches through two processes: facilitative coaching for local churches and their missionaries in their Great Commission endeavors, and providing financial administrative services for local churches to send missionaries with excellence. www.ssmfi.org

    Interview with David and Lorene Wilson Part One

    Interview with David and Lorene Wilson Part One

    David and Lorene are leaders in church missions mobilization. They specialize in equipping churches to think through and plan sending missionaries into the mission field well, trained, and cared for. In this podcast, we get to know the Wilsons and learn more about their calling to missions.
    David is Director of Church Relations at Avant Ministries. He and Lorene make a great writing team. In part one of this two part series, we learn about three of the books they’ve written together: Transforming Missionaries: A Short-Term Mission Guide, Mind The Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care, and Pipeline: Engaging the Church in Missionary Mobilization.
    Visit their website.
    One other resource David mentions early in the podcast is Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.

    • 30 min
    Interview with Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter Part Two

    Interview with Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter Part Two

    This is part two of our interview with missionary counselor/blogger/authors Elizabeth and Jonathan Trotter. At the very beginning of part two of our interview, we talk about this article written by Jonathan Trotter. In the rest of the interview, as the Trotters give us the story behind the creation of their book, we learn that writing as a husband and wife team is fraught with peril. But the result is both healing and well received by their publisher and readers.
    Please follow the resource links below to their book and other articles discussed in this interview:
    » Part One of the Trotter Interview» Jonathan's article: One thing we get terribly wrong in our response to abuse. And one way to get it right.» Jonathan's article: The simple tool I use with 90% of my pastoral counseling clients: The Shapes Diagram This piece has great diagrams and video. You'll find this is a great resource.» We mention the ministry of Gayle Erwin. Check it out here.» Their book on Amazon – Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-Cultural Christian Worker» Their book on their publisher's website

    • 35 min
    Interview with Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter

    Interview with Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter

    This is part one of an interview with Elizabeth and Jonathan Trotter. The Trotters are missionaries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Their ministry is interesting, diverse and far-reaching. In part one of our podcast, we hear from the Trotter's about their call to the mission field and the beginning and evolution of their ministry. We are introduced to their writing ministry and blogging ministry that focuses on cross-cultural Christian service.
    Here are some of the resources mentioned in this podcast:
    » Their book - Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-Cultural Christian Worker» Ministry blog - A Life Overseas» Personal blog - The Trotter Family» Nate Saint» Team Expansion» 11 Missionary Blogs We Love» Writing by Jonathan on Relevantmagazine.com» Elizabeth's Book: Hats: Reflections on Life as a Wife, Mother, Homeschool Teacher, Missionary, and More
     

    • 30 min
    The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture Part Two

    The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture Part Two

    In this podcast, we continue to explore the differences between individualistic and collectivistic cultures and why it's important for American missionaries to understand the distinct contrasts between them.

    • 27 min
    The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture Part One

    The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture Part One

    The Military as an Illustration of Collectivistic Culture
    In part one of this two part series, Jeff connects military culture as an example of the collectivistic culture missionaries suddenly find themselves immersed in when they go abroad into the mission field. For many Americans, culture shock is overwhelming because we're born into and immersed in a very individualistic culture.
    When one enters the military, you are taught to put the groups needs ahead of your own. This goes against the grain of everything we, as Americans, have ever learned or experienced. So much so, that military trainers intentionally deconstruct every facet of the a new recruit, and then, with extreme purpose, build the recruit into a new kind of person that puts the mission and organization's priorities ahead of one's own. This is the thinking American missionaries need to adopt as they move into other cultures.
     
    Photo by Richard Catabay on Unsplash

    • 26 min
    Taking a Closer Look at the Missionary Newsletter

    Taking a Closer Look at the Missionary Newsletter

    With Thanksgiving approaching and 2019 winding down, we wanted to talk about missionary communication. In this podcast, we focus on a missionary newsletter done exceptionally well while talking about the ingredients of well-thought-through missionary digital communication.
    The newsletter (link) we focus on in this podcast is from Angelina Velasco, someone we've had on this podcast as a guest (meet Angelina in Orality Part Three and Orality Part Four). Here's a link to Angelina's website.
    Here are a few resources and Bible verses referenced in this podcast:» Radius International» Tethers of connection by Jeff Jackson
    Proverbs 25:17Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, lest he grow weary and hate you.
    Proverbs 25:11A word fitly spoken is like apples of goldIn settings of silver.
    Proverbs 25:25As cold water to a weary soul,So is good news from a far country.

    • 31 min

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